Competitive Grants

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley currently helps to administer the following competitive Grant Programs. 

BOXLEY-FOX ENDOWMENT FUND

Legacy Society members Robert and Genevieve Fox Boxley of Winchester generously established this fund to support cultural life in the region, promote preservation of history in the Valley, and encourage preservation of the environmental quality and natural beauty of the region. This fund supports a wide range of artistic endeavors from theater to architecture and sculpture to music, as well the acquisition of historic land and other real properties, furniture, papers and art for preservation and public display.

About the Donors

Bob and his wife Genevieve Fox Boxley were early supporters of CFNSV, establishing the Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund in 2005. The Boxley-Fox Fund awarded more than $15,000 in grants beginning in 2014 including a 2019 grant requested prior to Bob’s passing in December 2018. 

Application Deadline and Reviews

The first competitive grant from the Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund will be available in 2022.  The application process for this grant will begin on April 4, 2022. The deadline for grant applications will be 5:00 pm on May 2, 2022.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting

Boxley- Fox Endowment grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants will be awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in October. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by the report deadline in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities

The Community Foundation encourages proposals that support cultural life in the region, promote preservation of history in the Valley, and encourage preservation of the environmental quality and natural beauty of the region. This fund supports a wide range of artistic endeavors from theater to architecture and sculpture to music, as well the acquisition of historic land and other real properties, furniture, papers and art for preservation and public display.

Previous Recipients

In 2017 a grant from the Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund to Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute (CWI) helped to support the research, writing and installation of a permanent exhibition at the Cool Spring Lodge at the Shenandoah River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, giving those who stop by the site more of a real visitors’ center experience.  The Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund also has awarded grants to organizations such as the Arts Chorale of Winchester, Barns of Rose Hill, Ft. Edwards Foundation Inc., Kernstown Battlefield Association, and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.

Chain of Checks

As a result of the sale of WINC-FM and Barry Lee’s retirement, Chain of Checks is now an annual year-end grant program funded from the Chain of Checks campaign fund raising activities. Chain of Checks grants are now administered by the Community Foundation.

Eligibility  

Nonprofit organizations serving the City of Winchester, Clarke, Frederick and/or Warren Counties are eligible to apply.

Award  

There is not an established grant value for Chain of Checks. We anticipate providing a number of grants in the $3,000-$5,000 range.

Timeline

Applications for 2022 Chain of Checks grants will be available beginning April 4, 2022. The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm on May 2, 2022. Grants will be awarded in either December 2022 or January 2023.

Cochran Family Youth Fund

The purpose of the grant is to improve the quality of life for children and the communities in which they live by providing financial assistance for educational, athletic, academic, social, civic and community-based activities that involve or support children.

About the Donors

This fund was established by the generosity of Douglas E. Cochran in honor of:

  • His father, John C. Cochran, Sr., co-owner of the B and C Bakery Company,
  • His mother, Clarise Cochran,
  • His brother John C. Cochran, Jr., Navy Fighter pilot in World War II, and
  • His brother, Donald M. Cochran, retired controller of Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank.

The elder Cochrans and their three sons, John Jr., Donald, and Doug lived across the street from Handley High School in the mid-1900s and were active in a number of youth groups as well as church and civic organizations in our community.

Application Deadline and Review

The 2022 Grant process applications will be available from April 4, 2022 through May 2, 2022. Application deadline is 5:00 pm May 2, 2022.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants will be awarded and applicants will be notified in late September or October, 2022. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by the report deadline in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities

Priority will be given to well-established nonprofit groups or organizations with a history of success in youth welfare. Funding for specific projects or programs is encouraged.

Previous Recipients

In 2021, seven organizations received a total of $15,500 in grants from this fund.

Organization NameProject NameAmount
ChildSafe Center - CACEvidence Based Therapy$2,000
Arte Libre VAPublic Sculpture Workshops$3,000
Phoenix ProjectHomeless Prevention$2,500
Girls on the Run of the Shenandoah ValleyScholarship assistance to participate in GOTR at The Kids Club of NSV$3,500
SPCA Of WinchesterPaws and Pages$2,500
Discovery MuseumPop Up Play Center$2,500
Abbacare, IncChildbirth and Parenting Education program$2,500
COCHRAN FAMILY FUND TOTAL$18,500

PAUL AND MARTHA REES FUND

The Paul and Martha Rees Fund is an unrestricted fund which allows the board of directors of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to respond to the most compelling needs and opportunities in our community. The board will consider grants to charitable organizations providing the following or similar services in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties. Grants from this fund are designed to improve the quality of life for the community in which they live; and generally fall within the following categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, natural resources, and health and wellness.

About the Donors

The Paul and Martha Reese Fund was established in 2014 by BB&T in the memory of Paul and Martha Rees to offer grants to charitable and nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the people of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Application Deadline and Reviews

The 2022 Grant process applications will be available from April 4, 2022 through May 2, 2022. Application deadline is 5:00 pm on May 2, 2022.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants will be awarded and applicants will be notified in late September or October, 2022. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by the report deadline in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities

The Community Foundation encourages proposals that:
• Represent an unduplicated opportunity and meet a significant community need
• Propose a specific program rather than general operating support for the organization (Grant monies are not allowed to be used for administration work/fees)
• Encourage a more efficient use of community resources
• Promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations
• Propose to generate matching funds, thus leveraging additional support

Previous Recipients

In 2021, seventeen organizations received a total of $25,500 in grants from this fund.

Organization NameProject NameAmount
American Red CrossDriving our Mission$2,000
House of HopeNutrition Education$2,000
Just NeighborsImmigration legal services$2,000
Blue Ridge HabitatHome Repair Programs$2,000
WATTSTransition Support Specialist$2,000
Wheels for WellnessTransportation service for seniors in need$1,500
St. Luke Community ClinicSt. Luke Dental Clinic expansion project$2,000
Cars Change LivesTransportation service for seniors in need$1,000
Shenandoah Council BSACommunity Room upgrades$1,000
Dental Clinic of the NSVWebsite Development$1,000
CCAP WinchesterDiaper Project$1,000
Highland Food PantryFeeding one another$1,000
Concern HotlineSuicide Prevention Accreditation$1,500
CCAP Front RoyalPrinter$1,000
Warren Co Habitat For HumanityHome Repair Programs$1,000
Our HealthAED unit and installation$1,500
Sinclair Health ClinicEssential Supplies$2,000
PAUL & MARTHA REES FUND TOTAL$25,500

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